Zsa Zsa Gabor dies aged 99

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Nine-times married Hollywood star who attained cult figure status starring in 1950s B-movies has passed away at her home

The actor and celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor has died aged 99.

The Hollywood star, arguably more famous for her larger than life personality and string of marriages than for her films, passed away at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Her husband, Frederic von Anhalt, said she died of a heart attack.

We tried everything, but her heart just stopped and that was it, he said. Even the ambulance tried very hard to get her back, but there was no way.

Gabor suffered a series of illnesses in recent years and had to have her leg partially amputated in January due to poor circulation. She suffered a stroke in 2005, three years after a car accident had left her partially paralysed.

In 2010 she reportedly asked a priest to administer the last rites after surgery to remove two blood clots; the following year she had a leg amputated. The last stage of her life was reported to have been spent suffering from dementia.

This spell of ill-health was said to have begun after she was sent to hospital suffering from grief and anxiety over the death of Elizabeth Taylor in March 2011. Her then publicist John Blanchette (who died in 2014) revealed that Gabor suffered dangerously high blood pressure watching TV coverage of the news of Taylors death, saying: Oh, Jane Russell and Liz Taylor Im next.

Although many of the details of her early life are disputed, Gabor is believed to have been born on 6 February 1917 as Sari Gabor in Budapest, Hungary, where she was brought up with her older and younger sisters, Magda and Eva. She acted on stage in Vienna in her youth before emigrating to the United States in 1941. Her first starring role was in Moulin Rouge (1952), directed by John Huston.

She attained cult figure status starring in 1950s B-movies, including Queen of Outer Space, in which she played a rebel Venusian who falls in love with four Earthmen whom her man-hating queen wants to destroy.

Later, she maintained her profile with film and TV cameos. She made one such appearance in The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear (1991), featuring in a scene that appeared to make fun of her real-life conviction for slapping a police officer in a traffic incident.

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